The Best Periodic Table Books and Flash Cards

One of the fun things about being out of school is getting to choose what you want to learn about. Take science, for instance. Being forced to memorize the periodic table wasn’t easy, but with Theodore Gray’s beautiful book about all 118 elements, learning about what everything is made of has never been so much fun. Or so colorful! There are never-before-seen photographic representations of each element, depictions that are visible to the naked eye.


Theodore Gray’s Periodic Table Books: The Elements Trilogy


The Best Periodic Table Flashcards, Puzzles, Notecards, and More

On top of the worldwide best-selling book, there are several more wonderful items that make great gifts for fans of The Elements, or anyone who enjoys bright colors, science, and learning. Atom to your list! (Sorry not sorry.)


Theodore Gray’s Periodic Table Books for Kids


About Theodore Gray

Theodore Gray is the author of The Elements, Molecules, and Reactions, as well as Theodore Gray’s Completely Mad Science. He is the creator of the bestselling iPad apps “Elements” and “Molecules,” which have both been named “App of the Week” by Apple and was Director of “Disney Animated” (also honored by Apple as “iPad App of the Year”). Gray appeared on stage with Steve Jobs several times in his capacity as a software creator. He also co-founded Wolfram Research, Inc., makers of the widely-used software Mathematica and the Wolfram Alpha website. He lives in Urbana, Illinois.


About Nick Mann

Nick Mann is the photographer of The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe and many more of Theodore Gray’s books and kits. Aside from having photographed more elements and compounds than probably anyone in the world, he is an accomplished landscape, sports, and event photographer. He lives in Urbana, Illinois.


Liberty Hardy is a Book Riot senior contributing editor, co-host of All the Books, a Book of the Month judge, and above all else, a ravenous reader. She resides in Maine with her cats, Millay, Farrokh, and Zevon. You can see pictures of her cats and book hauls on Twitter @MissLiberty and Instagram @franzencomesalive.